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Wednesday, March 20 2019 - 03:15
River Flow Champion, Dr Jackie King, Wins 2019 Stockholm Water Prize
STOCKHOLM, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Dr Jackie King is named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her 
game-changing contributions to global river management. She has advanced the 
scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers tools to assess 
the real costs and benefits of river system development. 

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Dr King led the development of the tools as a researcher at the University of 
Cape Town, South Africa, and then as Honorary Professor at the University of 
the Western Cape. With colleagues she created methods to demonstrate ecological 
and social implications of damming and de-watering rivers. 

On receiving news of the prize, Dr King said: "I find it humbling, energizing 
and rewarding. I have never sought high-profile jobs but was happy to be a 
working scientist, free to say what I felt needed to be said."

Her commitment to raising awareness of the value of rivers and their importance 
for millions of people has made Dr King highly regarded by academics and water 
managers globally. In its citation, the Nominating Committee notes that "Dr 
Jacqueline King has, through scientific rigour, selfless dedication and 
effective advocacy, transformed the way we think, talk and work with water as a 
flow of and for life."  

Dr King's work influenced South Africa's 1998 National Water Act and is 
increasingly guiding governments and institutions across the globe. 
"Governments developing their water resources understand the potential benefits 
but not necessarily the costs in terms of degrading rivers. We can now show 
these ecological and social costs at a similar level of detail to the benefits 
shown by planners. It is a new kind of information to help governments better 
understand the trade-offs involved in development as they decide on their 
preferred future," she says. 

Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director at SIWI, comments that "Dr King has helped 
decision-makers understand that healthy river ecosystems are not a luxury, but 
the basis for sustainable development." 

The prize is awarded by SIWI in cooperation with the Royal Swedish Academy of 
Sciences, which is responsible for assessing the nominations, and will be 
presented by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of Stockholm Water 
Prize, at a Royal Award Ceremony on 28 August, during World Water Week in 

Note to Editors
On the Laureate: 
Twitter: hashtag: #SWP2019

Contact:  Maria Skold,, +46-720506033

Source:  Stockholm International Water Institute SIWI